NCAA: How Aaron Harrison Became Kentucky’s Favorite Son

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Aaron Harrison is going to declare for the NBA draft once he and the rest of the University of Kentucky Wildcats are finished with March Madness. They’ll be heading into the NCAA Championship game on the back of a pair of shots made by, you guessed it, Aaron Harrison. That video up top was his dagger-three pointer against Michigan, the shot that put the Wildcats into the Final Four for the first time since 2012, which saw them come away with a victory and their entire starting five wind up drafted by the NBA. Harrison made another go-ahead three last night against Wisconsin that will return the Wildcats to a championship game.

The Kentucky Wildcats are not exactly an NCAA basketball program. At least, not under their current coach, John Calipari. The UK basketball squad is more of a one-year NBA finishing school. The National Basketball Association prohibits anyone who is not at least 19 years old and one year removed from graduating high school from joining the NBA, so many basketball prospects will pose as ‘student-athletes’ for one academic year, or one unpaid academic year.

The Harrison twins — Aaron and Andrew, also at Kentucky — were known commodities before the season started. Along with power forward Julius Randle, they made up three-fifths of a squad that grabbed a No. 1 power ranking in the preseason before struggling early and winding up with an eighth seed in the tournament. Now they’re headed to the NCAA Championship because of the “less exciting” Harrison sibling.

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